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Rupinder's brace guides India to 3-2 win over Ireland in Rio Olympic opener

Updated: Aug 06, 2016 21:52 IST      
Rupinder's brace guides India to 3-2 win over Ireland in Rio Olympic opener
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 6 (ANI): The Indian men's hockey team kicked off their Rio Olympics campaign on a winning note, edging past minnows Ireland 3-2 in their first Pool B contest here on Saturday.

Drag flicker VR Raghunath put India ahead at the stroke of first quarter before Rupinder Pal Singh doubled the lead via a penalty corner in the 27th minute of the pulsating game at the Olympic Hockey Centre.

Although John Jermyn pulled one back for Ireland towards the end of the third quarter, Rupinder restored the two-goal lead immediately in the 48th minute through another penalty corner.

The game turned out to be nail-biter as Ireland pulled another one back when Conor Harte scored just five minutes before the final whistle, but the PR Sreejesh-led side held their nerve to seal the win.

This was also India's first win in opening match in Olympics since Sydney 2000.

India will next take on two-time defending champions Germany in their next group stage clash on Monday. (ANI)

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AB de Villiers steps down as Proteas ODI captain

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 20:35 IST     

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Updated: Aug 23, 2017 20:11 IST     

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Wayne Rooney bids adieu to international football

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 18:34 IST     

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Rani to lead Indian hockey eves in Europe Tour

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 16:24 IST     

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ISL 2017: FC Pune City rope in Rafael Lopez Gomez

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 16:04 IST     

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Updated: Aug 23, 2017 15:49 IST     

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Scalped tickets for Perth Test to be put back on sale

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 13:13 IST     

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Proteas need strong leadership: Graeme Smith

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:57 IST     

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Updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:16 IST     

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Updated: Aug 23, 2017 10:45 IST     

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Updated: Aug 23, 2017 10:12 IST     

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Updated: Aug 22, 2017 21:41 IST     

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